Homegrown goodies that deserve a spot in your bathroom
We love getting our hands on the latest international brands, but we can’t help but feel a rush of Aussie pride when we reach for our own homegrown heroes.
It’s no surprise Australia is home to so many incredible natural skin care brands because we have some of Mother Nature’s best skin-loving ingredients in our backyards. If you want glowing skin all while supporting local, then you need to know about these eight natural skin care brands. Plus, we share our top product picks from their nature-infused ranges.
People For Plants
People For Plants is the brainchild of husband and wife team Andrew Brown and Anna Addicoat, and came about because Anna suffered from dry, itchy and irritated skin during her pregnancy. After discovering that a blend of organic ingredients was the only thing that could soothe her symptoms, they decided to handcraft their own organic potions on a larger scale. The result is a range of ‘field to face’ certified organic skin care products that contain highly potent and pure ingredients to help nourish, soothe and protect the skin.
Must-try natural skin care buy: People For Plants Pomegranate, Burdock, Shea Night Cream
Utilising the power of pure, skin-enhancing botanical extracts is this Australian brand's ethos, and its natural skin care products and the results they deliver certainly prove it to be true. A’kin creates its hardworking products by selecting natural ingredients that work in synergy with the skin, and extracting them in a way that retains their goodness. Better yet, every step of the process used to create A'kin's effective skin care products is done in an environmentally-friendly way.
Must-try natural skin care buy: A’kin Cellular Radiance Booster Oil
The Jurlique story started back in South Australia in the 1980s with a dream to connect people back to nature. Today, the Australian skin care brand is famous not only for its prestige products, but its biodynamic farming and formulation process, which combines the best of nature and science to create the purest, most powerful skin care possible. And to this day, most of its iconic natural ingredients - rose, calendula and lavender - are still grown in the Adelaide Hills where Jurlique first began.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
The Jojoba Company
Jojoba and its fruit - a delicate little bean - that produces a rich, golden liquid wax, is the only plant on our planet that produces a wax similar to a natural oil that is found in young, healthy human skin. So, it’s no wonder Ian Turner and his daughter Vicki Engsall used the jojoba crop on his estate in New South Wales to create a unique and effective skin care range under The Jojoba Company name. Its tagline, “Good for you, good for the earth”, rings true thanks to its products’ abilities to nourish, balance and regenerate the skin, as well as its jojoba crops’ negative carbon emission rating.
Must-try natural skin care buy: The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba
Originally founded in Melbourne in 2007, Sukin has become one of Australia’s favourite natural skin care brands thanks to its low price points, natural, vegan and cruelty-free formulations, and earth-friendly ethos. All its efficacious products are created using high-quality botanical extracts and essential oils, and treat a number of skin issues and concerns. The brand’s favourite skin-loving ingredients include rosehip oil, kale, spirulina, argan oil, acai and goji berry, just to name a few.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Sukin Sensitive Pink Clay Facial Masque
KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr
KORA Organics was born after its founder, Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, struggled to find effective organic skin care products in the beauty market that fitted in with her healthy, organic lifestyle. Today, the brand has over 20 certified organic face and body products, all of which contain a variety of natural ingredients - including Miranda’s fave, noni (it’s a fruit) - to help nourish, replenish and hydrate the skin. One look at 33-year-old Miranda’s glowing, youthful skin and you know KORA Organics truly does feed the skin with natural ingredients that leave it radiant and revitalised.
Must-try natural skin care buy: KORA Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask
If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll love this Australian skin care brand. Its beauty products are made using natural and organic oils and extracts, which aim to tackle sensitivity by gently cleansing, moisturising and soothing the skin. They also target a number of different skin care concerns, including dry skin, fine lines, and skin tone and texture. But the best part is the scents. GAIA’s fragrances are blended using pure essential oils, making its range of products a sensorial delight, too.
Must-try natural skin care buy: GAIA SKIN+BODY Facial Moisturiser
Founded and launched in South Australia in 1993, Kosmea is an international success story thanks to its iconic Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. The brand also combines the healing properties of rosehip oil with a number of other natural ingredients - think pea and green tea extracts, lilly pilly, aloe vera and carrot seed oil - to nourish, balance and soothe the skin. Its products are also free of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals, making them an obvious choice for anyone concerned about their skin absorbing any nasties through product application.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Kosmea Rescue Balm
With over a decade of experience in bringing natural skin care and haircare products to Australians, Natural Instinct is all about delivering formulations that work, proving that you don't need to compromise on efficacy for natural ingredients. The brand is so set on delivering natural beauty products of the highest quality, they've created their own Natural Ingredients Standard - a unique authenticity standard for crafting truly natural plant-derived products that are free from sulphates, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances, silicones, and so much more, as well as contain EcoCert-approved ingredients.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Natural Instinct Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil
Black Chicken Remedies
Proudly Australian made and owned, Black Chicken Remedies has been around since 2000. The brand came about when Sydney-based founder Chey Birch starting blending essential oils and therapeutic botanical extracts to create a natural remedy for her irritated skin. The products are now global, and continue to be based on 100 per cent pure essential oils, as well as being proudly natural, toxin/preservative/cruelty-free and vegan.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body Oil
Focused on delivering radiant skin and real results, without the harsh chemicals, Mukti Organics is a certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free skin care range. Mukti Organics prides itself on its unique formulations that contain potent, bioactive cellular extracts derived from our native Australian flora.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Mukti Age Defiance Day Serum
Enjoy brighter, luminous and more radiant skin with ethically-sourced essential oils and botanical extracts found in Sodashi’s skin care products. Founded in 1999, Sodashi offers a range of 100 per cent natural, vegan and cruelty-free products. Psst…the natural aromas are *actually* next-level dreamy.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Sodashi Rejuvenating Face Mist
If you’re Australian, chances are you’ve heard of this peachy natural skincare range created by beauty editor Zoe Foster Blake. But what you may not know is that it’s actually a natural goodie, proudly cruelty-free, and its products are made with pure plant-derived ingredients. It’s also one of the newest kids on the MECCA block, so it’s now even easier to snap up some of your Go-To faves.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Go-To Face Hero
Edible Beauty Australia
With the motto, “if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, we won’t put it in our products”, you know it’s going to be good for you. The Edible Beauty range is made up of 'edible' skin care products, as well as 'beauty' teas and wellness supplements that all contain therapeutic botanicals and wildcrafted Australian ingredients that promise to keep you glowing both inside and out. All products are free from unnecessary chemicals, and are proudly ethical and cruelty-free.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Edible Beauty No.4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion
Biologi is a serious game-changer in the natural skincare industry and was actually the first in the world to launch 100 per cent active, single-ingredient and plant-based products. Extracted, produced and packaged in Byron Bay, the revolutionary range of serums contain no harmful chemicals, no additives or perfumes (not even water!).
Must-try natural skin care buy: Biologi Bd Luminosity Face Serum
With the philosophy that ‘less is more’, the Vanessa Megan skin care range works to prove that pure, natural skin care formulations *can* actually work to strengthen the skin and prevent ageing. Launched in 2009, all products are handmade in Australia with 100 per cent recyclable packaging and are certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Vanessa Megan Nature’s Elixir Face Oil
Not only will these little supercharged serums look *super* cute in your beauty cupboard (look at those colours!), but they’re also good for you and the environment. Cruelty-free and vegan, Serum Factory specialises in all skin types and offers a range of six different serums that work to target specific skin concerns such as redness, pigmentation and pimples.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Serum Factory Red Rescue
Dollar Hippy Club
A shiny newbie on the Aussie natural beauty front, Dollar Hippy Club is already creating waves with its impressive range of 100 per cent natural, non-toxic and chemical-free products that are handcrafted in Byron Bay. The brand uses sustainable packaging for their products and has a unique ‘Re-love Me’ initiative to reuse and recycle packaging.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Dollar Hippy Club The Miracle Oil
Looking for more homegrown natural skin care options? Check out some of Australia’s top-selling skin care brands.
Have you tried any of these Australian beauty brands? What are your favourite natural products and natural beauty brands? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Cherie is somewhat of a digital dinosaur, having kick-started her beauty writing career back in 2009 at PRIMPED alongside industry expert Zoë Foster Blake. Since then, her words have appeared online and on paper for BEAUTYcrew, POPSUGAR, beautyheaven, New Idea, and Fitness First, while her marketing know-how has helped brands such as L'Oréal Paris, The Body Shop, A’kin, and Dr. LeWinn’s add a journalistic flair to their digital content. She is a vocal advocate for (physical) sunscreen, is rather fond of a bold lip, and is utterly terrible at styling hair.